Capactiy entry of 200 cars registered for Chateau Impney hillclimb

An expected line-up of 200 cars built before 1967 will compete on the Chateau Impney hillclimb this weekend, 60 years after the first speed event on the Droitwich course

Capactiy entry of 200 cars registered for Chateau Impney hillclimb

The hillclimb is set in the grounds of the hotel from which it takes its name, and went un-used from 1967 until it was revived in 2015.

It has quickly established itself on the classic motorsport calendar and this weekend's event boasts a capacity entry, including a field of eight ERAs.

A key feature of the weekend will be the return to competition of the 1905 Darracq 200 of Mark Walker.

The car has been out of action for nearly a year after a catastrophic engine failure, but is due back this weekend for Walker to attack the hill.

Martin Jones, who won the event last year, will be back in his Brabham BT21B to try and top his hill record of 40.50s but faces competition from young guns Ben Mitchell (Brabham BT23) and Callum Grant (Merlyn Mk5/7) for overall fastest time of the day.

The Pre-War classes have an entry of famous hillclimb specials including GN-based Spider, Gnat, Dragonfly, Gnome, Parker and Thunderbug variants, while the most spectacular cars include the 24-litre Napier Bentley of Chris Williams and the GN/Frazer-Nash Piglet of Dougal Cawley.

Elsewhere, Bugattis, Maserati 250Fs, Chaparaals and the mighty Can-Am Lola T160 of Tom Walker pack out the entry.

Saturday's action is reserved for practice runs, with timed runs taking place on Sunday.

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